One of the Sunday afternoon games saw two sides in the top six battle it out for victory to keep their great starts to the season going. St. Pauli came into this game in third place after defeating MSV Duisburg, they’ve impressively only loss the once this season. Braunschweig as the hosts were looking to make that two losses as they went into the game with three wins in a row and were looking to jump up from sixth.
In recent season’s St. Pauli have come out on top in this fixture, winning the last three meetings. Could they make it four on the bounce?
Sebastian Maier scored from range last weekend for St. Pauli and in the opening five minutes he came close to scoring another, he was allowed time and space to turn and try his luck, the low effort flew just wide of the post.
St. Pauli came very close to opening the scoring when Waldemar Sobota broke from midfield. The Polish midfielder played a one-two with Maier and his shot was unfortunately flicked onto the bar by fellow Pole Rafal Gikiewicz.
Gikiewicz was called into action once more when Jeremy Dudziak fired from long range, the keeper making another good save to keep his side level.
Once more St. Pauli caused problems with their long range efforts and the came very close to scoring five minutes before half time. Marc Rzatkowski produced a lovely curling effort from range and Gikiewicz brilliantly clawed the ball away from heading into his top corner.
St. Pauli were looking the better side going forward, however they were reduced to shots from range. As for Braunschweig they were struggling to produce anything when going forward and with the tense battle in midfield there were a lack of chances in the first half.
Braunschweig finally threatened in the second half and they almost had the lead in the first two minutes of the half. A corner was delivered in and Emil Berggreen met the corner very well, however Sobota was the man on the post to deny the Danish striker by clearing with his head.
The second half was played in the same way as the first half, a bit more intensity however there was still a lack of golden opportunities.
St. Pauli were quieter in the second half but they had a great chance as the game approached the last fifteen minutes. Maier lofted a lovely over the top to Fabrice Picault, sadly for them his touch was poor and the chance rolled away. The striker desperately tried to stop the ball going out for a goalkick and in his attempt he kicked Gikiewicz, who wasn’t best pleased.
The last chance of the game fell to the home side, Jan Hochscheidt managed to get to the byline and after cutting back to beat a defender he played the ball back to Orhan Ademi and despite the Swiss player placing it perfectly Robin Himmelmann somehow managed to get up and make an outstanding save to deny him.
The game didn’t live up to expectation and had that late chance for Ademi gone in it would’ve been a harsh result for St. Pauli. The away side were the better side in the first half, however a draw can be seen as fair with both sides struggling to create opportunities.
Both sides will look to move on from this game quickly and Braunschweig should when they travel to face struggling MSV Duisburg on Wednesday. For St. Pauli they host Heidenheim on Wednesday, this will be a tough test for them as they sit only a couple of places below them.